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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation to headline Fried Chicken Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24. - COURTESY FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
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  • Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam's Funky Nation will headline the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23 and 24.

Big Freedia, Naughty Professor and Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform at the National Fried Chicken Festival on Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park, organizers announced Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

5 dining and drinking events this week

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Meauxbar will host a dinner inspired by Julia Child in honor of the legendary chef's birthday on Aug. 15. - PHOTO BY LYNN GILBERT/COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Meauxbar will host a dinner inspired by Julia Child in honor of the legendary chef's birthday on Aug. 15.

Staying in is overrated. Here are five picks for dining and drinking events in the city this week.

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Turkey and the Wolf is America’s Best New Restaurant, says Bon Appetit

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Turkey and the Wolf is America's best new restaurant, says Bon Appétit magazine. - COURTESY TURKEY AND THE WOLF/FACEBOOK
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  • Turkey and the Wolf is America's best new restaurant, says Bon Appétit magazine.

Turkey and the Wolf is America’s best new restaurant, according to Bon Appetit.

Mason Hereford’s Irish Channel sandwich shop has been killing it since opening last year, garnering accolades from critics near and far (including this one), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the restaurant snagged the food magazine’s top spot.

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Saffron NOLA opens on Magazine Street

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Saffron NOLA is now open at 4128 Magazine Street. - COURTESY SAFFRON NOLA/FACEBOOK
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  • Saffron NOLA is now open at 4128 Magazine Street.

One of the most anticipated openings of the summer is here: Saffron NOLA is now open on Magazine Street.

The modern Indian restaurant (4128 Magazine St., 504-323-2626) opened quietly last week and held its grand opening on Aug. 10.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Poke Loa expands to the Warehouse District

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Poke Loa will open a third location at 939 Girod St. this fall. - COURTESY POKE LOA
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  • Poke Loa will open a third location at 939 Girod St. this fall.

Raw fish hub Poke Loa announced Wednesday it will expand to a third location in the Central Business District.

The restaurant, the city's first to specialize in the trendy raw fish dish, opened its flagship location (3341 Magazine St., 504-309-9993) on Magazine Street in February. Earlier this summer, the owners announced plans to open a second location in Old Metairie in fall.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rimon opens inside Tulane's Hillel House

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Rimon, a new Kosher restaurant from chef Daniel Esses, opens today at Tulane Hillel. - PHOTO BY JEFF POUNDS/COURTESY DANIEL ESSES
  • PHOTO BY JEFF POUNDS/COURTESY DANIEL ESSES
  • Rimon, a new Kosher restaurant from chef Daniel Esses, opens today at Tulane Hillel.

Rimon, a new kosher restaurant from chef Daniel Esses, is now open for lunch at Tulane University’s Hillel House (912 Broadway St., 504-232-0758).

The restaurant, whose name means Pomegranate in Hebrew, launched a soft-opening and lunch service on Wednesday, and will open for dinner service Aug. 21.

It’s the latest from the Three Muses chef an owner, who earlier this year closed the Maple Street spinoff to the Frenchmen Street eatery, and also runs the dried pasta line Esses Foods Nola.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Il Posto to close, reopen under new ownership in September

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 5:31 PM

Dryades Street Italian cafe Il Posto will close Aug. 14. - COURTESY IL POSTO/FACEBOOK
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  • Dryades Street Italian cafe Il Posto will close Aug. 14.

Uptown Italian cafe Il Posto (4607 Dryades St., 504-895-2620) will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

The owners of the Uptown cafe made the announcement on its Facebook page Tuesday, but did not say what caused the shutter. A later edit to the announcement said the restaurant would "reopen under new ownership in September."

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco opens Aug. 14

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Tito's Cevice & Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, will open on August 14. - COURTESY TITO'S CEVICHE AND PISCO
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  • Tito's Cevice & Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, will open on August 14.

A new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar is opening in Uptown. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco will open Aug. 14, at 5015 Magazine St.

The restaurant takes over the empty space formerly occupied by chef Sue Zemanick’s short-lived small plates concept, Ivy, which closed in 2015. Owners Juan Lock and his wife, Tatiana, are behind the new operation, with Lock and his sous chef (and Johnny Sanchez alum) Nanyo Dominguez Cervantes running the kitchen.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dominican restaurant Mangu opens in Gretna

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week. - COURTESY MANGU/FACEBOOK
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  • Mangu, a new Dominican restaurant on the West Bank, opened this week.

It’s a family affair at Mangu (2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. Ste. 7, Gretna; (504) 324-9870), a new Dominican restaurant now open on the West Bank.

Leading the charge is owner Dariana Marte, who runs the back of the house with her mother and father, Jhovanny Marte and Jose Dario, in the kitchen, while her fiancé, Jovany Barreto, and her brother handle the restaurant’s  front of the house and marketing.

“Even the bussers and hostesses are cousins,” Barreto said. “It’s an all around family business.”

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Beth Biundo Sweets opens in Uptown

Posted By on Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Beth Biundo Sweets, from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open. - COURTESY BETH BIUNDO/PHOTO BY CHRIS GRANGER
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  • Beth Biundo Sweets, from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open.


Beth Biundo Sweets (3917 Baronne St., 504-899-0859), a new cafe and bakery from longtime Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo, is now open.

The bakery, which opened Wednesday in the former Cleaver & Co. location on Baronne St., sells a variety of Biundo’s sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream sandwiches, among other items.

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